How’s the build-up to Christmas going for you? I’m finding it quite hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year, because, you know, it’s not exactly been a good year for the world. And I almost (but not quite) banned my reading of political articles over the Christmas holidays, after a read of one in-depth analysis gave me a migraine – seriously, it did. But no, I don’t pull the duvet over my head re: politics and I’m not going to stop my interest in it now.
However, we put the Christmas tree up last week and decorated it, and that does gives the house a festive look.
I’ve inherited several Christmas tree decorations that belonged to my mother and one of these is nearly as old as me as it was bought for their first Christmas in England after they returned from India. That would have been Christmas 1947.
So this bauble is 69 years old and how it’s survived all our respective moves, I don’t know. But it’s tenderly wrapped up every year and every time I unwrap it I feel I’m touching my mother’s DNA and give her a sweet, silent kiss.
The past week was quite grey and damp so, feeling a bit miz about the weather and things in international politics, mid-week I trotted round my local town and popped into its one clothes store. Please note I wasn’t going to buy anything as my whole ethos now is chucking out the excess in my wardrobe and not buying! (Posting about that shortly.) But, I spotted this!
I know, another hat. But I just love it. And reader what a bargain it was. The price tag was £10 but on the till both the shop assistant and me had a shock – it was reduced to £2.50. Wow!
Next door is a charity shop, so feeling quite chipper now, I went in and ferreted around the racks of multicoloured clothes, and found this.
Another bargain at £2.50! See, the thing about charity shop shopping is, always look!
Here it is worn with a little bolero, essential for these cold damp days.
I must say I returned home feeling really good about myself and Christmas! Yes, I am so shallow, little things, you know…..
But that hat. Since I’ve bought it I’ve worn it nearly every day. Here’s another pic of it!
I shall be posting a couple more pieces during the Christmas holidays then we’re off to warmer climes, but in the meantime, have a lovely, lovely Christmas and New Year.
And here’s wishing the world a very much better year, next year!
With every best wish to you and your family
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Do you have any very old Christmas tree decorations?